Pin collecting is a fun past-time, yet it may not be the first thing that pops into your mind when it comes to collecting.
Stamps, coins, bank notes, tickets… These are things you think about the moment hear the words “collector” or “philately”, pins probably don’t come to mind.
However, pin collecting is a hobby that is very popular amongst both young and old. Some choose to wear the pins while others cherish them and keep them in albums.
Does pin collecting sound like something for you? – Then you’ve come to the right place!
The first question you should ask yourself is: What kind of pins should I collect?
Some people go for art pins, others who are big fans of history and the story objects can tell, go for the vintage pins. Do you love the story behind the items or the way they look? Is there something in particular you love?
Some people collect Disney pins for example, others will collect everything and anything they can get their hands on!
Check out this fantastic article on everything you need to know about pin collecting if you want to learn more!
There’s no right or wrong when it comes to pin collecting, so this is something you can fill in for yourself!
Now, there are a few things you still need before you can start this hobby and that’s an album, and the pins themselves!
We have a few different choices for you when it comes to albums. On our pin collecting albums page you can have a look and see what your options are.
Keeping your pins in albums will allow you to sort them better and keep them in a much better condition.
Where you’ll find your pins depends on the type of collection you want to set up. A quick google search will provide you with a plethora of sites that sell new trendy pins. Another great place to find both new and vintage pins is eBay.
Etsy is another fantastic place to look for new pins to add to your collection. They will even have pins made by up and coming artists which may be a great addition to your collection depending on what you are collecting.
All in all, pin collecting is a fantastic and extremely dynamic hobby. Whether you will be wearing your collection one by one, or will enjoy them all within your album, there’s a lot of fun to be had.
This is hobby is less well known than some of the other collecting hobbies, but it does have a surprisingly divers range of collectables. Beer coaster collecting, also called tegestology, has a strong following, and is quite a popular collecting hobby all around the world.
The history of beer coasters
The beer coaster as we know it today, was patented in 1892 in Germany, to deal with the foam that often spilled over the glass when pouring a beer. These paper-pulp coasters were first designed to be thrown away, like stamps, tickets and most other collectables…
After they were invented, beer coasters became a great advertising method for breweries and thousands of variations soon appeared. It’s extremely hard to imagine how many different coasters there have been since, and this makes it a great item for collectors.
How to get into beer coaster collecting
Beer coaster collecting is an extremely easy hobby to get into, but finding and buying the rarer models isn’t as easy as it looks. This hobby greatly depends on the category you are looking to collect.
Some people may only collect coasters from a particular region, brewery or country, while other may collect them for the pictures they have on them. It all depends what suits your fancy!
A great resource to check out is Beer Coaster Mania! They have an overview of all things beer-coasters and have a wonderful site for anyone looking to get into the hobby.
What do you need to start collecting beer coasters?
Nothing is mandatory when it comes to beer coaster collecting as it’s all a matter of preference. However, a beautiful beer coaster collecting album <link) can make the hobby even more rewarding!
When storing your beer coasters make sure you store them in a cool and dry place, as this will ensure they stay in their best condition.
Beer coaster collecting
As you can see, beer coaster collecting is a great hobby to get into as a collector. Once your collection grows it’s extremely rewarding to browse through your albums and to watch your collecting grow!
Although drinking champagne is a fun past-time, collecting champagne caps is another way of enjoying this delicacy.
In this article, we are going to dive into the hobby of champagne cap collecting!
The history of the champagne cap
When champagne, otherwise called sparkling wine was invented, there was one problem with the drink. If the cork loosened or didn’t seal the bottle properly, then the champagne was left without the sparkling taste people so loved.
So, in 1844 the champagne cap was invented to ensure the cork stayed in place and couldn’t let any air through. Since then there have been a plethora of caps that have come onto the market, so there’s a lot to collect!
Variations in champagne caps
Since they have been around for so long, the variation in champagne caps is huge. Some caps are silver or gold, while others are hand painted or just very old. Some people collect caps from a specific region, while others go all out and try to collect as much as they can.
Rarity can make some caps extremely valuable and the history and story that some of these caps tell make it an ideal object for collectors.
Champagne cap collecting
Collecting champagne caps is a very rewarding hobby and it’s becoming ever more popular among avid collectors. It’s also a very easy hobby to get into, all you need is a good place to store them and you’re ready to start collecting!
Storing your champagne caps
It may be tempting to just find a plastic container and then start collecting, but there are a few things you should consider before you start putting them all in a jar or container.
The first, and most important thing you should take into account is that when you store them all in one container, the caps will get scratched and damage. This will not only deplete the value of your collection immensely, it will also make the caps less fun to look at.
That brings us to the second thing you should think about, and that’s your ability to view your collection.
It’s no fun to have a collection you cannot look at and appreciate. That’s another reason why a container isn’t ideal. Not only will it make it difficult for you to view your caps, if you do decide to take them out, you will damage your champagne caps even further!
How can you solve this issue?
An album especially designed for champagne cap collecting will work wonders. Not only are your caps completely save from any damage, you can also very easily view your caps when you want to enjoy your collection. Check out some champagne cap collecting albums, and see which one will suit you best.
Another great option is a champagne cap collecting display frame. This frame lets you display your champagne caps, so you can view your collection whenever you feel like it!
In our local region there are a lot of events that are almost mandatory as a philatelist of any sort. Having a hobby is one thing but being able to meet likeminded people and share a hobby-oriented experience is a truly fantastic thing to witness first hand.
So, in this post, we would like to list some of the upcoming philately-events, so you don’t have to miss out! Make sure you keep an eye on our blog and social media pages because we will be listing new events as time progresses!
Now, without further ado, let’s get into the list shall we!
Postex 2018 Apeldoorn <https://www.postex.nl/ >
This year is the 20th edition of Postex, and it will be held on the 19th till the 21st of October, in Apeldorn. If you are located near the Netherlands and are interested in stamps and stamp collecting, this is a superb event for you to attend.
Internationale Briefmarken-Börse Sindelfingen < www.briefmarken-messe.de >
This stamp extravaganza takes place on the 25th of October, until the 27th, in the south of Germany. It’s a large event with a great selection of some of the best stamps around!
Maastricht International Fair 2018 – MIF 2018 <http://mifevents.com/en/>
This exhibition boasts a floor space of over 3000m2 and is one of the largest events for coins and bank notes.
There will be a huge selection for you to browse through at this event. If you are looking for a great time, an opportunity to meet new people and a chance to view a vast collection of coins and notes then make sure you are there! Maastricht International Fair is from the 9th till the 11th of November.
Earlier events you missed this month
PaperMoneyFairs Maastricht <http://www.papermoney-maastricht.nl/ > (28-29/09/2018)
This event is for all paper money collectors who are looking to share their collections and meet their money-collecting peers. With 177 bookings to date, this fair will be a true spectacle for all paper money collectors! This event took place from the 28th of September to the 30th.
Antwerpfila 2018 <http://www.antwerpfila.be/> (5-6/10/2018)
The largest international stamp and coin fair in Belgium is set to be a wonderful event ! With over 3000m2 of philately, this is a fair you absolutely must attend if you like anything stamp or coin oriented. This event will be a busy one so make sure you are there!
Stampa 2018 < http://stampa.ie/ > (5-6-7/10/2018)
The Irish national stamp exhibition is the one for you if you are in love with Irish Philately. Ireland has a rich history, and a lot of it is sure to be on display at this wonderful event that’s held in Dublin.
Any damage or minor alterations to your stamps condition can make the difference between an extremely valuable stamp, and one you may as well lick and stick on a postcard. Most of the time, you will be able to add your stamps to an album, which in turn will protect the stamp from any damage.
Sometimes however, you can’t…
If your album is full, or you are waiting for new releases, the temptation to stick them in a paper envelope becomes ever greater. However, what if they get stuck to each other, fold, or even tear by the perforations?
It’s for exactly these reasons that stock cards are around.
Stock cards are small cards with multiple rows on them which you can use to keep your stamps in. Us stamp collectors are ever so careful when it comes to keeping our stamps safe, and maybe even more so when it comes to sorting our stamps.
By using stock cards, we can easily sort even the largest quantities of stamps, without us being forced to put them somewhere out of place. Along with this, if you want to show people your collection, you don’t risk damage either.
If you don’t have all your stamps in stock cards, or albums, then showing someone your collection can spell disaster, may there be, for example, a drop of Coca-Cola on the table. Let alone the risk of people picking your stamps up with greasy fingers, or even worse, ripping your stamps accidently when looking at them.
When you use stock cards, you never run this risk.
People can always see your stamps without them having to touch them. So, not only will you be in a much better position to organise your stamps, your stamps will also be protected much better.
So, what were the advantages of stock cards again?
- Easy sorting of your stamps so you always have a well-organized collection.
- Extra protection for your stamps, so they can’t get as easily damaged by greasy fingers or tearing.
Are you a stamp collector, and don’t you have stock cards yet? Or have you run out?
Buy some stock cards and protect your postage stamps!
The upcoming topic after the Davos Forum in the beginning of 2018 is Winter Olympics! Attention & tension will get higher the more we get closer to the opening ceremony of the next Winter Games in Korea on February 9th. The PyeongChang 2018 Olympics, XXIII Olympic Winter Games, will be held for 17 days from 9 to 25 February 2018.
Korea Post issued on Oct 31 2017, exactly 100 days before the start of the games, 1.4 million stamps in the format of 2 miniature sheets of 10 stamps each to commemorate the event (1). The stamp designs include the official mascot, Soohorang illustrated as an olympic athlete in a number of winter sports. Stamps are portrayed along the post, scroll down to discover them all 🙂
But How Do I get to Olympic Philately ?
Lately, Schwaneberger Verlag GmbH, the publishing house of Michel catalogs, has enriched significantly its offer on Topic catalogs. Each catalog is made of 1’000’s of pictures, giving you ideas to collect a specific areas: for example there are more than 33’000 fish species listed on Fishbase but you may be interested only in fish on the list of endangered species. For every topic catalog, we like to see how the web and social media can boost your collection: we look for links, websites, create pinterest boards on collectibles we find and that is how I discovered Olympic Philately !
Timing or not ;-), Michel released just after last Christmas, the 2nd edition of its stamp catalog dedicated to the Olympic Games. The 1st Edition was launch just before the Summer Games in Brazil, the Rio 2016 Olympics.
You never know what you will find when you have to blog about a topic. A feeling I get a lot when dealing with with stamps or catalogs. Stamp catalogs are a tremendous source of information for the philatelist. Besides pricing, stamp catalogs offer tons of information on stamps: technical like the face value, perforations, dimensions, counterfeiting protections, printing quantity, printing method, colors, watermarking but also the artist, the engraver, the date of issue, the first day cover cancel and much more. There are several sorts of catalogs, organized by country, continent (Europe, Africa, Asia,…), part of the world (French colonies, British Empire, German colonies, …) , or by topic, specialized or handbooks.
Doing some research on Olympic Games on Stamps led me to discover some interesting resources that will extend the scope of your collection.
International Association of Olympic Collectors
The mission of the International Association of Olympic Collectors or Association International des Collectionneurs Olympique (AICO) is to promote Olympic collecting related to the cultural and historic aspects of the Olympic movement. Olympic collecting includes Olympic philately, Olympic numismatics and Olympic memorabilia. Olympic philately is a category of collecting in which the images or subjects on the postal products are related to the Olympic Games or the Olympic movement (2) Olympic philately was born on 25 March 1896, the day the first set of Olympic stamps was issued in Greece to commemorate (and help finance) the 1st Modern Olympic Games in Athens. The Philatelic Database lists in its blog post Stamps of Greece: The First Olympic Stamps (1896) the twelve stamps of the serie (3).
The Olympic World Library
The Olympic World Library is simultaneously a library catalogue, an information portal and a search engine for Olympic knowledge. Via this portal you can access the unique collections of The Olympic Studies Centre, with all the official Olympic publications, and also find books, articles and selected dissertations produced by academics and professionals from all around the world. E-books collection is also available for loans (renewable every 28 days): https://library.olympic.org/
The Poster stamps and labels of the Olympic Games
This website is an important source of information for fans of paraphilately. If you collect Cinderella Stamps, Vignettes or Posters related to Olympism and the Olympic Games, you will not be able to ignore this page: http://www.alphabetilately.org/Oly/index.html
See you at the ceremony ?
2018 has just started and we are still greeting our family, friends, colleagues that PostNord (Denmark) releases today two stamp issues and a miniature sheet.
From 1 January 2018, it will cost DKK 9 to send a standard letter (weighing max. 50 g) to addresses in Denmark and DKK 27 to adresses abroad (up to 100g).
Bjørn Wiinblad Centenary
Taking as his motto “Make people happy”, the famous Danish artist Bjørn Wiinblad crafted his distinctive works in a sumptuous, oriental-inspired style, distinguished by a host of colours and heavy decoration. 2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of this peerless artist and designer, and PostNord has chosen to celebrate the event by issuing a 10-strip featuring five of Bjørn Wiinblad’s finest images.
Artist: Bjørn Wiinblad
Design: PostNord Stamps/Ella Clausen
Colours: 4-colour, offset
Printing house: Cartor
Perforation: 13 x 13¼
Method of printing: Offset
Format: 26.5 x 36.6 mm
One of the things letters and roses have in common is that they are both used to convey messages. For centuries, the subtlety of the rose has been deeply symbolic, so there is always an underlying message in which bouquet you give to whom. The red rose is strongly associated with love and desire, while the white rose represents innocence and purity. And death. A purple rose is often linked with enchantment, and finally, a yellow rose is viewed as an expression of falsehood.
PostNord has issued a 10-strip featuring roses in five colours, so you can send your letters on their way with different messages. As from 1 January 2018, the price of sending an international letter weighing up to 100 g will be DKK 27.
Photos: Anders Bach
Design: PostNord Stamps/Ella Clausen
Colours: 4-colour, offset
Printing house: Cartor
Perforation: 13½ x 13½
Method of printing: Offset
Format: 26.50 x 26.25 mm
At the age of 84, the world-famous artist Yoko Ono is making her debut as a stamp designer. The minisheet of two stamps created on the initiative of Yoko Ono features strong universal messages such as “Dream”, written in the centre of a yellow moon, and “Smile”, which adorns the heart of a yellow sun. This issue gives Danish letter-writers and tourists alike the opportunity to send greetings decorated with Yoko Ono’s messages of peace and understanding to friends
and family around the globe.
Exhibiting at Charlottenborg
Yoko Ono has devoted her life to battling for a world of peace and understanding, and to making people more aware of their surroundings. From October 2017 through February 2018, the Kunsthal Charlottenborg art gallery
in Copenhagen is hosting a special exhibition entitled YOKO ONO: TRANSMISSION. It is an exhibition that explores the famous artist’s unique methods of transmitting her insightful messages about artistic philosophy
and peace in diverse ways to people all over the world. The minisheet of two stamps has been created specifically for this exhibition.
The minisheet is being issued as an extension of the “YOKO ONO: TRANSMISSION” exhibition being hosted at Kunsthal Charlottenborg art gallery in Copenhagen. The exhibition also features 900 billboards set up at bus stops all over Denmark, as well as radio transmissions and newspaper advertisements. If you visit Kunsthal Charlottenborg before 18 February 2018, you can see all the works, including an exhibition about how the stamps were created, from the first rough sketches to the final versions.
Artist: Yoko Ono
Graphic design: PostNord Stamps/ Ella Clausen
Colours: 3-colour, offset
Printing house: Cartor
Perforation: 13½ x 13¼
Format, stamps: 56 x 42 mm
Format minisheet: 75 x 130
William Shakespeare and his immortal works
“Let me speak and I will enchant your ears”
The challenge for designers while creating the mini sheet was to show that Shakespeare powerful words can’t be read as mere sophisms. Shakespeare weaves the universality of human condition through irony, humor and metaphors. Due to that, the intention was to present remarkable phrases of each play, contextualizing them with colors and symbols that identify them:
in “Romeo and Juliet”, the balcony where the lovers meet, using vectorial illustration;
- in “Midsummer Night’s Dream” the same technique is used to show the moment when the queen of the fairies, Titania, under the influence of a spell, falls in love with Nick, transformed into a donkey, in the forest where the story happens;
- the contemplation of mortality itself can be seen in the skull, in “Hamlet”. The technique used is China ink and aquarelle on paper, and complementary colors, red and green, symbolize the main character’s duality;
- in “Othello”, once again vectorial illustration is used to show the green color of envy involving the tragic Moor hero;
- in “King Lear”, on the other hand, a vectorial illustration shows the old king wearing a broken crown, symbolizing the disastrous division of his kingdom among his daughters;
- finally, “Macbeth” brings us the blood and violence of the ambition for power, combining digital painting and vectorial illustration
Foreword by Theófilo Silva – Writer and researcher of William Shakespeare
“Shakespeare is humanity’s master of ceremonies”. This phrase synthesizes, with precision, the importance of English dramatist William Shakespeare, born on April 23rd, 1564, in Stratford-upon-Avon, a small town in England countryside. Cognominated the Bard of Stratford, he is acknowledged worldwide as the poet who rummaged with deep wisdom the whole complexity of human nature. Shakespeare left us thirty nine plays, five great poems and the celebrated 154 sonnets; over thirteen hundred characters; a vocabulary with over twenty one thousand words (the biggest amongst all writers) of which over two thousand are his full creation.
His thought is disseminated among us. His dramas, his phrases, his verses, are incorporated to our routine, and we quote him all the time, even without knowing it. Theater, TV, cinema repeat Shakespeare exhaustively, all the time. Actors and actresses play the good and the evil: sarcasm, laughter, cry, weakness, power, strength, pain, joy, happiness, contempt, are always reproducing his characters.
Shakespeare considered man a sublime being, whether weak or strong, good or evil. He loved mankind. His work expands and widens the human mind, making man think more, feel more, see more through his plots and characters, which, instead of being read, read us, no matter how unbelievable it may seem.
Considered the father of modern theater, his monumental theatrical work is broken down in tragedies, comedies, historical plays and novels (final pieces). Thus, in the work considered the maximum work of the human genius, Hamlet – from the famous soliloquy “to be or not to be: that is the question” –, Shakespeare presents us a prince who raises all questions inherent to human condition. In Macbeth, he discusses the unbridled ambition for power, which measures no consequences until reaching its goals, even if leads to annihilation and madness. In Othello, he reveals the whole destructive power of envy and jealousy. In King Lear, he shows us the old age that lost discernment. In Midsummer Night’s Dream, he approached the world of dreams, presenting all the transforming power of imagination. In Romeo and Juliet, we have the greatest love story of all times, the two youths who became mixed up with the real.
In Brazil, his work was translated by dozens of authors and his plays are extremely popular, being represented and enacted in all parts of the county. Shakespeare died on April 23, 1616, but he is still alive, enchanting humankind with his immortal works. That is why Machado de Assis said: “You don’t discuss Shakespeare, you admire him”
William Shakespeare was one of the most important dramatists and writers in humankind history. He wrote brilliant works, which are today adapted to theater and cinema. In this issue, Correios Brasil pays homage to six works of the Bard: Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, Othello, Hamlet, King Lear and Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Art: Adriana Akemi Shibata e Bárbara Duarte
Print system: offset + gold and silver metallic paints + spot UV varnish + embossing
Paper: gummed chalky paper
Mini sheet with 6 stamps
Mini sheet dimension: 200mm x 158mm
Facial value: R$4.20 each stamp
Issue: 300,000 stamps (50,000 of each stamp)
Design area: 25mm x 59mm
Stamp dimensions: 25mm x 59mm
Perforation: 12 x 11.5
Date of issue: October 26th , 2017
Printing: Brazilian Mint
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Gamers of the world & fans of the Mario Brothers , Princess Peach , Yoshi and Bowser (yes without him no princess to save) will be delighted by this blog post that was brought to my knowledge by Emil Drkusic, a philatelist blogger on the stamp.nijna website. Who hasn’t played hours & hours to one of the games of the Saga trying to save the Princess or racing or discovering worlds? Stamp collecting & modern philately go with their time: the hobby evolves to pop & gamer culture and there is plenty to discover. Are u a stamp collector or a gamer or both ? Click on the link below to travel in the world of Shigeru Miyamoto and the Mushroom Kingdom.
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In a couple of weeks (07.12.17), the last issue of the year will be released by the Deutsche Post. The topics of the four stamps to be issued range from science to contemporary design and a famous german writer. Let’s enjoy this gallery of design that were issued along the year 2017.
More information on the stamps are available on the website of the Bundesministerium der Finanzen